Microsoft Moves Ahead with Waste-powered Data Center

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft on Monday announced that it was moving ahead with the development of its “Data Plant” data center concept – constructing a facility reliant on power from recycled wastes.

The first of its kind, the data center is expected to be launched in Cheyenne, Wyoming, making use of the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility.

The project will be maintained with the goal of powering services related to cloud computing. Specifically, recycled wastes pertain to landfills, water treatment plants, fuel refineries, agricultural farms.

“By capturing and reusing biogas on premise with our data centers, we will be able to significantly reduce their carbon emissions while producing beneficial uses at the same time,” stated Microsoft Senior Research Program Manager Sean James in a blog post. The pilot launch is expected to feature the ability to produce as much as 300kW.

Microsoft initially detailed the concept in April.